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A recent Myrtle Beach Online article reported the death of two women in their twenties, who were found in their upside-down vehicle that was emerged in several feet of water. The news report stated the young women were pronounced dead at the scene from apparent asphyxiation by drowning inside of the vehicle. The crash occurred in the evening hours north of Myrtle Beach on S.C. 22. The driver of the four-door Honda, who was traveling west on S.C. 22, swerved left and the car overturned after overcorrecting.

If you or someone you know has been injured due to the negligence of another, contact an aggressive South Carolina auto accident attorney immediately.

Auto Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), about 80 lives are lost each day on U.S. roadways. In fact, approximately 35,244 fatal car crashes occurred in 2013. Auto accidents, it is estimated, account for an estimated at $871 billion combined economic and societal cost.  That amount is equal to almost 1.9 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP). Studies show that, more often than not, the major contributors of auto accidents are:

  •       Drunk driving (32%)
  •       Speeding (31%)
  •       Distracted driving (16%)
  •       Bad weather conditions (11%)
  •       Other (10%)

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) reports that over 700 fatal auto accidents occurred in 2013, resulting in 767 deaths.

Statute of Limitations

State law only allows for a certain amount of time to pass before a personal injury case cannot be brought before a judge and/or jury. In other words, waiting to file a personal injury lawsuit could result in the inability to file at all, as statutory time limits govern these cases.

Specifically, under South Carolina law an injured party has three years to file a lawsuit in court to seek damages for a personal injury. Should a plaintiff make the mistake of waiting beyond this time frame, the case will be barred simply because of the passage of time. In general, the time is counted from the date of injury. In some cases, however, the law allows the time to begin from the date the plaintiff discovered the injury. If a plaintiff is filing a personal injury claim against a municipality or county, the time limit is often reduced even more.

During a personal injury case, evidence often presented by attorneys for either side can be varied. This may include videos, medical records, or photos of the accident, as well as medical bills and other factually relevant information.

Legal Help in South Carolina

As can be seen, several factors are involved in personal injury cases. These cases can be complex and timing essential to having your case heard. Therefore, if you or someone you know has been injured in an auto accident due to the negligence of another contact a skilled South Carolina auto accident attorney right away. The skilled attorneys at The Law Offices of Steven M Krause PA will fight aggressively on your side to obtain the compensation to which you are entitled. Call us today to schedule your initial case evaluation.


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